Be aware of some road work that will soon be getting under way. The Washington Department of Transportation is getting ready for a bridge resurfacing project between Kalama and Woodland, working on the North Fork Lewis River Bridge and the I-5 Railroad Bridge, both on the southbound freeway. WashDOT officials say that an unusually cold and wet winter coupled with the weight of heavy traffic to cause damage to the pavement. They say that one southbound lane will be closed continuously for several weeks, while nighttime two-lane closures are also planned. Intermittent closures of the Todd Road on-ramp to I-5 will take place, the speed limit will be reduced to 60 miles an hour, and the work is weather-dependent, so the length of the project could be extended.
Work on the State Route 409 Bridge preservation project between Cathlamet and Puget Island is also set to begin this week, with workers preparing the site for work. Structures for repainting the bridge will be installed this week, and traffic will be reduced to one lane, using flaggers to alternate traffic in each direction. Overnight bridge closures are also being set up, as the worn asphalt and aged timber decking is removed and replaced. WashDOT is working with local emergency service providers to make sure that there’s access on and off of the island when the bridge is closed. Get more information on the WashDOT web page.